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Act‐Consequentialism

Brad Hooker

in Ideal Code, Real World

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199256570
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256578.003.0007
 Act‐Consequentialism

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Act‐consequentialism is best construed as a criterion of rightness, not a decision procedure. Act‐consequentialism recommends that our procedure for making moral decisions employs rules very like the ones endorsed by rule‐consequentialism. However, the chapter highlights the remaining significant differences between act‐consequentialism and rule‐consequentialism over prohibitions, and discusses the extreme demandingness of act‐consequentialist duties to aid.

Keywords: aid; decision procedure; demandingness; duties; prohibitions; rightness

Chapter.  6383 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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